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Mostert tops first Adelaide practice; Kostecki P9, SVG P22

Supercars
23 Nov
Chaz Mostert has picked up where he left off at the VAILO Adelaide 500 with the quickest time on Thursday
3 mins by James Pavey
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  • 2022 Saturday winner Chaz Mostert tops damp Practice 1

  • Mostert, Andre Heimgartner, Matt Payne, Will Brown the top four

  • Brodie Kostecki ninth, Shane van Gisbergen 22nd in damp session

Walkinshaw Andretti United star Chaz Mostert has picked up where he left off at the VAILO Adelaide 500 with the quickest time in a damp Practice 1 on Thursday.

The #25 Mobil 1 Optus Mustang driver, who was first and second in the two Adelaide races last year, set the fastest two lap times of the session.

Mostert clocked a 1:28.6140s to put 0.2588s on closest rival, Brad Jones Racing driver Andre Heimgartner (#8 R&J Batteries Camaro). Penrite Racing rookie Matt Payne (#19 Penrite Mustang) was third.

Championship leader Brodie Kostecki (#99 Coca-Cola Camaro) was seventh, with title rival Shane van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro) only 22nd after a late trial on slick tyres.

The session was held under overcast and rainy skies on a day dominated by rainfall, but the same name remained a force in Adelaide as Mostert set the running.

Erebus star Will Brown (#9 Coca-Cola Camaro), who will join Triple Eight in 2024, was fourth ahead of Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Mustang) and Mostert’s WAU teammate Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI Mustang), who won the 2016 Adelaide 500.

Highlights: Practice 1 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500

Mostert was quick from the get-go, recording a 1:32.0732s before drivers quickly dove into the 1:31s. The times continued to tumble, with Brown on top with a 1:30.4615s after six minutes.

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Mostert returned to the top with a 1:29.8109s ahead of Brown, who improved to a 1:30.1204s after the first runs. All the while, Kostecki and van Gisbergen were joined at the hip outside the top 10.

Payne was first into the 1:28s with a 1:28.9312s, before Mostert improved the marker to a 1:28.8881s.

Van Gisbergen rolled out on dry tyres in the final minutes, but was unable to fire a shot with the track still damp.

With four minutes remaining, Kostecki jumped to seventh with a 1:29.3851s, with Brown moving to fourth after recording the quickest first sector.

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Mostert turned up the wick in the final two minutes and consolidated top spot with a 1:28.6140s, with Heimgartner moving to second with a 1:28.8728s.

Randle and Percat led Shell V-Power Racing Team duo Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison, with Kostecki 0.7711s off the pace in ninth ahead of two-time Adelaide 500 winner James Courtney (#5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang).

James Golding (#31 Nulon Camaro) was 11th ahead of Cam Waters, who was 12th in his Ken Block-inspired #43 Monster Energy Mustang).

Supercars will return to the track on Friday for Practice 2 at 12:35pm local time/1:05pm AEDT.

The run order for Saturday’s ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout will be decided in Qualifying at 5:35pm local time/6:05pm AEDT.

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